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Aug 3, 2012

Words Spoken True by Ann H. Gabhart

Heart pumping drama that keeps you reading these fun characters!
Words Spoken True by Ann H. Gabhart
Revell, February 2012
Historical Romance/Christian Fiction
368 pages, paperback 9780800720452
Review copy provided by the publisher via HNR, thank you!
Review originally posted in Historical Novels Review Magazine, May 2012
Burton Book Review Rating: 4.5 Stars

Adriane Darcy was practically raised in her father's newspaper offices. She can't imagine life without the clatter of the press and the push to be first to write the news that matters. Their Tribune is the leading paper in Louisville in 1855. Then Blake Garrett, a brash young editor from the North with a controversial new style of reporting, takes over failing competitor the Herald, and the battle for readers gets fierce.

When Adriane and Blake meet at a benefit tea, their surprising mutual attraction is hard to ignore. Still, Blake is the enemy, and Adriane is engaged to the son of a powerful businessman who holds the keys to the Tribune's future. Blake will stop at almost nothing to get the story--and the girl. Can he do both before it's too late?

Set against the volatile backdrop of political and civil unrest in 1850s Louisville, this exciting story of love and loyalty will hold readers in its grip until the very last page. Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart once again delivers an enthralling and enduring tale for her loyal and ever-expanding fan base.

Adriane is a woman born ahead of her time, lacking the need for being socially acceptable in her prim and proper society. Instead, she finds herself intrigued by the unrest of the 1850's and the political causes of the day. Adriane is at risk of being her father's assistant at his newspaper for the rest of her days, and she wouldn't mind that fate. Unfortunately, her father has other plans as she learns her future becomes the star of a shady business deal with the major political force of Louisville. Marrying Stan against her will and meeting the dashingly handsome Blake Garrett at the same time is a conundrum for Adriane, and she explores her faith in God while seeking answers to her dilemma.
As luck would have it, Blake is the editor for a rival newspaper and therefore her family’s arch enemy. The stars align when these two meet, and we can’t wait to see the fireworks when they admit their mutual attraction.
Adriane is a strong heroine and her inspiring story is complemented by great characters and the wicked suspense lurking in the background. The novel boasts a fiery plot rich with historical nuance that is indicative of Gabhart’s writing skill.